Academic Catalog

Sport Communications, B.S.

Program Description

The area of Sport Communications has grown dramatically in recent years, especially in WNY with Pegula Sports and Entertainment now in Buffalo. The Sport Communications program includes the Sociological and Psychological aspect of Sports, as sports reporting today, is about much more than covering games and profiling athletes. Reporting includes areas such as steroid use, racism and other controversial issues. This program combines vital aspects of Mass Media with Sports History, Psychology and Field Placements in the Sporting industry. Students will also have the necessary foundation of writing and oral communication skills that will assist them in their field placements and careers.

In addition, the online sports industry has become a major part of sports, so it is a logical step that there would be an interest/need for a Sport Communications degree. Also, Buffalo is a huge sports town and faculty in both the Communications and Sport Management programs have professional connections with all the local sports teams.

Program Goals

  • To enrich students’ understanding of the interconnectedness of sport and media/communications.
  • To expose students to the sociological and psychological aspects of sports
  • To prepare students to the variety of areas of sport reporting, including racism, drug use, athlete profiling and other controversial topics.
  • To prepare students with a necessary foundation of writing and oral communication skills that will assist them in their field placements and careers.
  • To familiarize students with all platforms of sport reporting and coverage, including social media, electronic media, print and web development.

Degree earned: B.S.
Total number of credits: 120-121

Credit Distribution

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra3
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
COM 110Journalism in the Digital Era3
COM 200Digital Media Production3
COM 211Mass Media Writing3
COM 380Sports and Media Coverage3
COM 475Media and Society Seminar3
COM Any3
COM Any3
PSY 385Sports Psychology3
SOC 301Sports in Society3
SPM 220Sport Leadership and Management3
SPM 320Sports Marketing And Promotion3
SPM Any3
SPM Any3
SPM Any3
Experiential Learning
COM 277Field Experience I3
COM 377Field Experience II3
COM 477Field Experience III6
Liberal Arts and Sciences
PHI 200Logic3
or PHI 300 Ethics
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
SPE 315Advanced Public Speaking3
LAS Elective3
LAS Elective3
300/400 LevelLAS elective3
300/400 LevelLAS elective3
Free Electives
Select 9 credits of Free Electives 29
Total Hours120-121

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective


May include any College course.

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
SPM 220 Sport Leadership and Management 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
Second Semester
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
COM 110 Journalism in the Digital Era 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
Second Year
First Semester
American Dialogues 3
COM 211 Mass Media Writing 3
SPM (Any) 3
COM 200 Digital Media Production 3
LAS Elective 3
Second Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
COM (any) 3
COM 277 Field Experience I 3
PHI 200
or Ethics
LAS Elective 3
Third Year
First Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
COM 380 Sports and Media Coverage 3
COM 377 Field Experience II 3
SPM (any) 3
COM (any) 3
Second Semester
SPM 320 Sports Marketing And Promotion 3
SOC 301 Sports in Society 3
SPE 315 Advanced Public Speaking 3
300/400 LAS Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
COM 475 Media and Society Seminar 3
PSY 385 Sports Psychology 3
Free Elective 3
300/400 LAS Elective 3
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
SPM (Any) 3
COM 477 Field Experience III 6
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.